By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
May 14th, 2014
Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat Game 5 Recap
Final Score: Nets 94 Heat 96
The Brooklyn Nets with less than five minutes to go in Game 5 had an eight-point lead, and it looked like they were going to be heading back to Brooklyn for a Game 6, but down the stretch the Nets struggled to execute, which led to their season ending. The Nets were very competitive in the series, but lost 4 games to 1, as they blew many opportunities to make this a longer series.
Player of the Game: Joe Johnson
This postseason easily the best and most consistent player for the Brooklyn Nets and in Game 5 Johnson came up big for the Nets. Johnson scored a game-high 34 points on 15 for 23 shooting, which included going three for six from three-point range. Johnson also added seven rebounds and three assists to round out a good postseason for Johnson.
In what very well be Paul Pierce’s last game with the Nets, he came through with a good game while facing elimination. Pierce was second on the Nets in scoring with 19 points on eight for 18 shooting with two three-pointers. Pierce says he still has some game left in the tank, but the real question is whether it will be with the Nets or not.
Brooklyn did a good job against the supporting cast of Miami, but with good games from the “Big 3” it wasn’t enough. Mario Chalmers was non-factor, as he went zero for seven from the field, which included five misses from beyond the arc. In the first half Brooklyn held Miami to one for 16 shooting from beyond the arc, which was great and a major reason for the halftime lead.
In a close out Game 5 for the Heat their “Big 3” showed their experience and will to finish off the Nets at home despite being down late. After a quiet Game 4, Dwyane Wade followed it up with a great game scoring 28 points on 10 for 18 shooting, which included going a perfect eight for eight from the free throw line. Chris Bosh had a nice game chipping in with 16 points on six for 11 shooting, and he also hit four three-pointers. In the fourth quarter LeBron James looked like he picked up where he left off in Game 4, as he scored 14 points to help complete the comeback victory. James finished with 29 points on six for 14 shooting, as he did most of his damage at the free throw line going 15 for 17. James also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds with five assists, and finished averaging over 30 points against the Nets in this series.
For three quarters Deron Williams was playing pretty well, but when it came to finishing off this game in the fourth quarter, Williams disappeared. Deron finished with 17 points on seven for 16 shooting, but went scoreless in the fourth, as the face of the franchise had an extremely disappointing postseason for the Nets.
Next up for the most expensive team in NBA history will be an interesting off-season filled with questions on what the roster may look like next season.